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post #1 of 11 Old 06-06-2019, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Recommended all road tires

My Strom came with slick highway tires but I'm looking to take it offroad and was hoping someone would have suggestions for a pair that would be good enough offroad but wouldn't produce a ton of road noise on the highway. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-06-2019, 12:46 AM
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Iím not sure how much off road you are planning but the Shinko 705ís are a good all around tire. Unfortunately they are noisy.


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I put a set of Battlax A41's on my bike and I am very happy with them. They are quiet and do well on maintained dirt roads. I use my bike as a daily commuter and some days I take the long way home via rural dirt roads.

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Michelin Anakee 3 is an excellent street tire advertised as having mild dual sport capability. It's a little costly, but said to be long lasting. We'll see. Personally, I don't mind paying a little more for tires that last longer. My local Suzuki dealer talked me into trying one of these recently as I was needing a rear tire. I drop off the wheel and let them change the tire, since he's got a fancy no-touch machine that doesn't mar the wheel.

Anyway, I can vouch for it being an excellent road tire, haven't done any dirt on it yet. I believe Revzilla has a sale on the Anakee 3 now.

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I've been through a few tires. Highlights:

Shinko 705 front

Good: Affordably-priced, fine for packed dirt/gravel roads.

Bad: Nothing, really.

Shinko 705 rear

Good: also affordable, also fine for dirt roads lacking deep sand or mud.

Bad: Mediocre durability. 6000 miles at best (I went through 2).

Heidenau K60 Scout front

Good: Great grip, honestly probably overkill for any road I have any business trying on my Vee.

Bad: Expensive, no better durability than the Shinko 705 front (starting to scallop at 11000 miles).

Heidenau K60 Scout rear

Good: Great grip, amazing durability (~12000 miles!) which largely makes up for the higher price.

Bad: Expensive, these are pushing $200 today. Super stiff & kind of a PITA to mount.


Unfortunately, I can't speak to road noise from tires. I just don't hear it, if there is any. I wear dense foam earplugs on nearly all rides, and on the highway I would only hear wind noise anyway.

I also can't speak to use in mud. I was always too afraid of falling over to really find out anything about these tires in deep sand or mud.

Hope this helps.

I'm about to need a new front tire, not sure what I'm going to get. Maybe just another Shinko 705. It's not as exciting as an E-07 or a TKC 80, but I ride so timidly on dirt roads that it probably doesn't make a difference either way. I also can't get a front tire to last longer than ca. 11000 miles, so might as well save a few bucks.

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I tried the Sinko 705s at the recommendation of others and like them quite a bit. Pretty good traction on pavement and pretty good traction on dirt and gravel. Down sides are two rears or one front in 12K miles and little more noise than the Battlewings.
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My 2006 R1200GS has Anakee 3's and they stick to the roads like dog sh!t in the cleats of your work boots but they are extremely loud. It is also my understanding that as they wear they get louder. While I like the handling and performance I will not buy them again because of the noise.

My 2007 R1200GS has TKC 80's f/r and they also grip good on the street especially for a big block knobby. As hard as it is to believe they are also about 75% less noisy that then Anakees.

I ran Shinko 705's very limited on a Moto Guzzi quota and about 2,000 miles on my DL650 (all street) and they are a great tire especially for the money.

Shinko's in general are a great value especially if you change your own tires. Since they traditionally don't get the mileage that some upper tier brands do they need to be changed more often. If relying on a dealer depending on what they charge any savings you had up front buying a less expensive tire might end up costing you more with more frequent tire changes.
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My 2006 R1200GS has Anakee 3's and they stick to the roads like dog sh!t in the cleats of your work boots but they are extremely loud. ...
Well if it isn't ol' Perazzi' from the DRRiders forum.

Salutations to you devotee, and sorry to hear about your noise issue with the Anakee 3 tires on your R1200GS.

On my K7 Vee the Anakee 3 on the rear is not noisy at all. Could it be due to a difference in weight?

Yes, mine is only on the rear since I had no reason to replace the practically new Continental Trail Attack 2 on the front, but I did make a point of reading several reviews of the Michelin Anakee 3 before I tried it. Among those sources, no mention of the tire being noisy ... except for your comments ... hmmm.

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Do you think the 11 pound difference between the 2 really makes that much difference?

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